09.05.15. Birdlog

09.05.15. Birdlog

09.05.14. The Snowdrop sailing past Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (4)

A couple of Little Grebe were present on the Splashing Pool while a wandering male Marsh Harrier was seen from No.6 tank and out to the reed bed at Marsh Farm. Another Marsh Harrier a female was also observed. The summer months see a reduction in the sightings of Little Egret so one over No.3 tank was notable.

09.05.14. Whimbrel, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton

09.05.14. summer Curlew Sandpiper with hybrid MallardxShelduck and a Common Shelduck, No.6 tank, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (2)Shorebirds came in at various times of the day but the 4 Turnstone that dropped in at No.3 tank were only there for a few minutes. A flock of 23 Dunlin ranging from No’s 3-6 included a larger flock of Ringed Plover. Singles of both Whimbrel and Black-tailed Godwit should really be in double and triple figures at this time of year.

09.05.14. Pied Wagtail, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill Morton (1)

Perhaps the highlight of the day was a stunning summer Little Stint briefly with the Dunlin flock.

Today was one of those days when you’re multi-layered up with hat, double coat, over trousers. boots and gloves followed by shorts and t-shirt!.  09.05.15. Turnstones, No.3 tank, Frodsham Marsh Heather Wilde

There were 4 Avocet on No.3 with one bird feigning a wing injury to lure away a trespassing Common Shelduck.

09.05.14. Common Swift, Marsh Farm, Frodsham Marsh. Bill MortonYellow Wagtail flying over and 2 Wheatear lingering at the back of No.3 tank and a Cuckoo over at and along Brook Furlong Lane are always good to spot on the marsh. A passage of hirundines included many Sand Martin, House Martin and c 300 Common Swift feeding low over the water at the ship canal below Marsh Farm in the morning wind and rain.

09.05.15. Ship and Swifts over the MSC. Heather Wilde

Hundreds of Swifts feeding low over a busy Manchester Ship Canal are dislodged as the Anneliese Esseberger sails through the marsh.

sedge warbler by Ray Scally

Observers: Frank Duff, Ray Scally (image 8), Heather & Findlay Wilde (images 5 & 7), WSM (images 1-4 & 6 & video).

The ‘Snowdrop’ sails through Frodsham Marsh video: https://vimeo.com/128117175

08.05.15. Birdlog

08.05.15. Birdlog

08.05.15. male Blackcap, Ince Marshes. Paul Ralston (6)

A walk along the Manchester Ship Canal as far as the mitigation pool and back early morning.

08.05.15. Yellow Wagtail (pair), Ince Marshes. Paul Ralston

A Little Egret was out on Frodsham Score salt marsh where large numbers of Common Shelduck were on the canal bank with Gadwall and Mallard. On the water was a single Great Crested Grebe.

08.05.15. Sedge Warbler singing, Ince Marshes. Paul Ralston (1)

Blackcap and Whitethroat out numbered Chiffchaff and Willow warbler and several Sedge Warbler sang from the reed beds. A party of ten Raven were riding the thermals and were joined by a male Peregrine along with several Common Buzzard and 2 Kestrel in the area.

08.05.15. Skylark, Ince Marshes. Paul Ralston.

The mitigation pool held Avocet looking settled with Common Teal, Common Shelduck, Mallard and Gadwall with Lapwing. In the field alongside the Holpool Gutter a Skylark rose up singing and several Yellow Wagtail were noted with a pair nest-building. On the way through to the marsh a litter of 7 Fox cubs were observed  playing outside their earth judging by their size difference it may well be  two different set of cubs in one earth?

08.05.15. Fox cubs, Ince Marshes. Paul Ralston (4)

Observer and images: Paul Ralston